The Franco-German Prize for Human Rights awarded to Robin Chaurasiya
Robin Chaurasiya is a women’s rights activist from India. She co-founded the NGO Kranti (meaning revolution in Hindi) in 2010 in Mumbai.
Mumbai, 12 December 2019
On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, 10th of December, France and Germany present the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights to human-rights defenders around the world.
As part of the event, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Juergen Morhard and Consul General of France in Mumbai, Ms. Sonia Barbry presented the award to Robin Chaurasiya, co-founder of the NGO ‘Kranti’ for her remarkable work. The award was presented to Robin Chaurasiya at a ceremony held on 12th December 2019.
Ms. Sonia Barbry, Consul General of France in Bombay said, “The true champions defending human rights often go unnoticed and encounter a lot of hurdles in their path. The prize is a means for both our countries to jointly express our gratitude and recognize the determination and hard work that goes behind keeping the basic human rights alive and meaningful.”
“We laud Ms. Robin Chaurasiya’s contribution in the field of human rights and her fight against human trafficking,” said Dr. Morhard. “Through this prize we celebrate her courage and efforts towards the cause of sex workers and their children by imparting education and enabling social integration and rehabilitation.”
Robin Chaurasiya is a women’s rights activist from India. She co-founded the NGO Kranti (meaning revolution in Hindi) in 2010 in Mumbai. Kranti empowers girls and young women between 12 years and 20 years of age by rehabilitating and reintegrating them through education. The participants are recruited among victims of sexual trafficking and / or children of sex workers, mainly from Kamathipura, the red-light district of Mumbai. Kranti offers educational workshops designed for rehabilitation and social inclusion, with therapy, yoga, meditation, writing, geography, music, health, and evening classes in English, computers and theater. Many of the girls go on to study and become agents of social change by volunteering in their community. They also get prepared for international fellowships. Before co-founding Kranti, Robin Chaurasiya worked in an NGO in Uganda against human trafficking.
On every 10th of December since 2016, France and Germany have jointly presented the Franco German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law to 15 human rights defenders. By awarding this Prize, France and Germany are sending a clear signal of their commitment to human rights and their collaboration in this field.